Fox Searchlight greenlights Belle, in theaters May 2nd

Gugu Mbatha-Raw rising starlette
Gugu Mbatha-Raw rising starlette

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Directed by Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay

Fox Searchlight seems to have a great eye for Oscar-Award winning movies and starlet’s. Having won an Oscar for the role Lupita Nyong’O played in 12 Years A Slave, 2013 proved to be a great year for both Fox Searchlight and the Kenyan-Mexican actress. Gugu who is of South African and English decent has been Will Gugu who has equal beauty and talent be the next Lupita?

Check out the trailer for Belle, in theaters May 2nd

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